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Poster: indiworks Date: May 15, 2006 9:48am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Film Restoration

i don't have a real answer for you, but i would also be very interested in finding out more about this...

my guess is that one of the problems could be the hardware (and storage) requirements - depending on what results you want.

two possible solutions:

a) you first could transcode an mpeg-2 file from e.g. the feature film collection with ffmpegX (os x app, but there are pc/linux versions) into a high resolution format that you can use in final cut pro (and maybe while transcoding one could also try do some basic scratch removal with the built-in ffmpegX tools - but this should be tested first...)

then in final cut pro:

• some basic scratch removal (maybe combinations of blur/sharpen and some other filters)
• colour correction
• maybe work on the sound...

b) the other way: frame by frame using photoshop (and the build in scripting feature). you should really test this before doing on a whole movie frame by frame... (also: convert the single frames to e.g. the "animation" format and for both, a) and b), have a look at 10 bit colour correction.) on os x you could try to use "automator" to make fcp and ps work together like one application and you just make adjustments at the beginning of each new shot/sequence, just like in a film lab...

those are both d.i.y. solutions, the first one might be a bit too cheap for more ambitious projects and the second one maybe only useful for very ambitious projects.

maybe you can do some simple "restoring" in imovie...?

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Poster: Yellow_Pages Date: May 15, 2006 6:38pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Film Restoration

Well I found that if I use VirtualDub I can do it in avi after transcoding from mpeg2 which is a bit time consuming and having found some 3rd party plugins to help in the process. I'm having a hard time "tweaking" the settings of each plugin without overriding each other.